BHUBANESWAR: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is having a tough time in extracting information from Mumbai-based model and television serial producer Preeti Bhatia.
The Central probe agency plans to appeal for the extension of her remand, which ends on Tuesday. A special CBI Court at Khurda had sent the model on a four-day remand after her arrest on Friday. Preeti was allegedly associated with the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group promoter Pradip Sethy and on many occasions had financial transactions with the chit fund company’s owner.
Sources in the CBI said, the officials interrogating Preeti are facing several issues while questioning her. “Though we adopt a different approach while interrogating women, this is a complicated case,” said a CBI officer requesting anonymity. She was not cooperating with the investigation process and broke down on multiple occasions during the course of the probe, the official added.
The Central agency is now contemplating to summon Preeti’s sister who could provide more information about the former’s links with Sethy. She had accompanied Preeti on all four occasions when the latter was summoned by CBI for questioning. Preeti’s lawyer and her sister have been accompanying her during interrogation. The CBI was also on the lookout for Indu Dewan, who is also a director in the company, Prismheights Entertainment Private Limited, registered at Mumbai, and floated by Sethy and Preeti together.